Cathy Come Home to Bodyguard: how Tony Garnett shook up TV for ever

He kickstarted the careers of Ken Loach and Jed Mercurio, defied all the bosses at the BBC … and riled up everyone from the royals to Save the Children. We hail the bravest man in TV Tony Garnett, TV and film producer, dies aged 83On 3 November 1965, a BBC play launched a revolution that changed TV drama for ever. It was Up the Junction, produced by Tony Garnett, who has died aged 83.The roots of TV drama were in theatre: early programmes were often a play recreated in a studio, or a script filmed on a theatre-like set. The dream of many professionals who grew up watching movies was to create a TV-cinema hybrid called “the single film”. The brilliant and transformational insight of Garnett was that fiction should aspire to match the realism and reportorial zeal of news and documentary. Continue reading...

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